This article discusses one company’s move to save costs on business travel by using Airbnb, and outlines the director’s personal reluctance to take this route, the struggle to get approval internally around safety, compliance and the tax implications, and the rules that have been imposed on staff to ensure they keep a business focus. Unfortunately there is no mention of serviced apartments, the flexible, cost-effective, safe and accredited alternative to traditional hotels and homeshares.

US Software company Autodesk, which employs around 4,800 and averages $11 million per year in hotel spend, was looking to make cost-savings in business travel, as well as finding it difficult to get the company’s contracted rates at busy times in key cities globally.

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